• Question: irn bru has been banned in some countries but not scotland...why not?

    Asked by followtheyellowbrickroad to Meeks, Pete, Stephen, Steve, Tom on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Stephen Curry answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I read it has been banned in Finland because of the use of Sunset Yellow FCF (E110) as an ingredient but don’t know of any other country where such action has been taken.

      Apparently the manufacturers have now agreed that they will remove this chemical from the product but they haven’t said when. I presume they will need to find a replacement since E110 is a colorant that helps to give the drink its characteristic orange colour.

      I also discovered that the recipe for Irn Bru is a closely guarded secret and is kept in a bank vault in Switzerland!

      I have to say I’m not a big fan – a bit too sweet for my liking. 🙁

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      Tom Hartley answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I think this is true (or at least was at one stage). I found an import alert on the (American) Food and Drug Administration website indicating concerns over certain colourings in Irn-Bru. My guess is that Irn-Bru will find some replacements for any additives that are causing concern abroad. I don’t know what the concerns are, and it might not be sensible to speculate on a public website.I would guess that the manufacturers would be pretty annoyed if they thought people were spreading unfounded rumours about this (they’d probably be cross about founded rumours, too!).

      I think they should go back to the good old days when it was made from grdrs.

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      Marieke Navin answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      There is nothing more for me to add here – think the guys have got this one covered! Nice one guys